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Xenophon's Prince: Republic and Empire in the Cyropaedia

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For over two millennia, the Cyropaedia, an imaginative biography of the Persian king Cyrus the Great, was Xenophon's most popular work and considered his masterpiece. This study contributes to the recent rediscovery of the Cyropaedia and Xenophon, making intelligible the high esteem in which writers of the stature of Machiavelli held Xenophon's works and the importance of ...more
Hardcover, 211 pages
Published June 18th 2001 by University of California Press (first published May 19th 2001)
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Ashok
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I had to read this for the dissertation, and it is quite excellent. Very readable, easily digestible scholarship on Xenophon's "The Education of Cyrus."

In that work, Xenophon presents Cyrus as a king who comes to rule the known world. This occurs primarily through his education, where he combines what he has learned in Persia, a republic only rich in virtue, with Medea, a despotism only rich materially. Figuring out that virtue practiced not for its own sake can lead to immense amounts of wealt
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